Franklin Pierce, Political Protest, & the Dilemmas of Democracy

By |2019-01-08T23:01:25-05:00January 8th, 2019|

Franklin Pierce’s suspicions reflected a tension within the antebellum Democratic Party in relation to slavery—how can we reconcile an advocacy of democratic decision-making with the existence of transcendent moral values, the Constitution with the Bible? On the stump in New Boston, New Hampshire in early January 1852, Franklin Pierce gave a long oration during [...]

How Do We Restore the American Order?

By |2018-11-25T22:00:14-05:00November 25th, 2018|

This is America’s tragic situation: The unifying framework of the American creed is now broken. The result is an America that is coming apart… On every American coin, there is the Latin expression, e pluribus unum, meaning “one out of many.” The motto is a celebration of the variety found in America expressed by [...]

The American Descent Into Uncivil War

By |2018-10-14T15:49:36-05:00October 14th, 2018|

When we say Americans are divided and polarized, it can conjure up the image of cloth stretched to the point of ripping. However, this image does not represent everything we are experiencing as a society. Indeed, the social fabric is already torn. […]

Edmund Burke, Daniel O’Connell, & Catholic Emancipation in Ireland

By |2017-12-02T21:04:16-05:00December 2nd, 2017|

Despite their differing political views, the conservative Edmund Burke and the radical Daniel O’Connell played major roles in combatting the suppression of Catholics in eighteenth-century Ireland… In the past couple of decades, the Catholic Church has fallen upon bad times in an Ireland whose overwhelmingly Catholic population had been among the most observant in [...]

Edmund Burke and the Principle of Order

By |2018-10-23T17:17:38-05:00September 8th, 2017|

Edmund Burke’s principle of order is an anticipatory refutation of utilitarianism, positivism, and pragmatism, an affirmation of that reverential view of society which may be traced through Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, the Roman jurisconsults, the Schoolmen, Richard Hooker, and lesser thinkers. It is this; but it is more… What Matthew Arnold called “an epoch of [...]

Edmund Burke and the American Nation

By |2017-04-06T01:20:09-05:00February 5th, 2017|

Edmund Burke believed that a constitution rooted in the fundamental beliefs and practices of the people was essential for preserving a nation and guiding its leaders… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Robert Heineman as he argues that pluralism is destroying America’s political institutions as they were [...]

Reclaiming Our Constitutional Heritage

By |2017-01-28T12:41:01-05:00January 10th, 2017|

The so-called American Revolution was a rebellion to preserve and reinstitute long-established liberties and to develop a system of governance that put those liberties on a more secure foundation. We might even think of the “Revolution” as a rebellion that prevented or postponed a revolution… By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission by Charles Murray [...]

Will Progressivism Win?

By |2016-08-02T18:41:46-05:00June 26th, 2016|

Understanding Progressivism and the Progressive Era is one of the most important tasks for intellectual defenders of ordered liberty. In just under two generations, Progressivism captured the minds of the American intellectual class, which then transformed traditional governance institutions into the modern bureaucratic-administrative state. As Thomas C. Leonard shows in his new book, Illiberal Reformers: Race, [...]

Can Civility Be Restored to Our Campuses?

By |2016-05-22T13:28:49-05:00April 17th, 2016|

Critics have taken to calling the leftist agitators who are running roughshod over university campuses hypocrites. The reasoning is that these self-described social-justice warriors, by shouting down speakers, silencing dissent on social media, and forcing resignations from those they accuse of “injustice,” are betraying the very toleration that allows them to speak freely. Unfortunately, [...]

The Enduring Significance of Edmund Burke

By |2018-10-16T20:24:33-05:00July 9th, 2015|

What Matthew Arnold called “an epoch of concentration” seems to be impending over the English-speaking world. The revolutionary impulses and the social enthusiasms which have dominated this era since their great explosion in Russia are now confronted with a countervailing physical and intellectual force. Communism, Fascism, and their kindred expansive ideologies all in their [...]

Buying Liberty or Empire? The Problem of the Louisiana Purchase

By |2018-11-15T17:03:24-05:00August 15th, 2014|

Last week, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) held a student leadership conference in Richmond, Virginia on “Traditions of Liberty.” ISI is an organization helping college students discover and explore the American political tradition of ordered liberty. This conference brought together several dozen bright, promising students from around the country and a number of important [...]

The Chronicle of an Undeception: Freedom and Order

By |2018-12-21T14:21:37-05:00February 27th, 2013|Tags: |

  Michael Bauman The central myth of the sixties was that [its] wretched excess was really a serious quest for new values.–George Will I. The Tragic Vision of Life I confess to believing at one time or another nearly all the pervasive and persistent fantasies of the sixties. In the words of Joni Mitchell's [...]

Ordered Liberty under God

By |2016-08-03T10:37:18-05:00January 21st, 2013|Tags: , |

Christian Faith and Modern Democracy: God and Politics in the Fallen World by Robert P. Kraynak To identify any particular form of government with Christianity is a dangerous error: for it confounds the permanent with the transitory, the absolute with the contingent….Those who consider that a discussion of the nature of a Christian society [...]